Werribee Zoo is open late for ‘Rhythm of Africa’ every Saturday night in January and February and it’s a fun way to explore the zoo in the cool of the evening. There’s live music, African-inspired food, dancing, drumming, hair braiding, kids activities, safari tours and more!
From 5:30-9pm, there’s an evening performance for kids at 5:30pm. Safari Tours run until 6pm and the African Pula Trail, the walking track around the zoo, remains open until 8pm.
We enjoy playing in the Baby Animal Trail…
…frolicking in the Hippo Beach water play area….
…and trying food from the African barbecue while relaxing on the lawns listening to the live music. Note that only the large restaurant Meerkat Bistro and the African BBQ is open during the event ie not the small kiosks or Hippo Beach cafe. Lots of people arrive with picnics and eskies (the event is also licensed and you can BYO alcohol).
- Rhythm of Africa runs from 5:30-8:30 though you can enter anytime while the zoo is open from 9am. Many people had already arrived and set up by the time we get there;
- The water is turned off at Hippo Beach around 5:30pm;
- Bring a picnic rug (and picnic) as there’s no seating to watch the live music;
- food is available at the African barbecue and Meerkat Bistro; and
- you can purchase alcohol in the African Village (where the stage is) or BYO;
- Ranger Kids indoor play area is closed but Village Kids playground is open (and quite crowded); and
- Rhythm of Africa is not included as part of general admission or your Zoos Victoria membership. I recommend booking ahead online for this popular event.
Rhythm of Africa, Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Road, Werribee South +61 3 9731 9600
Every Saturday January and February 2018 5:30pm-9pm, entry closes 7:30pm
Member Adult $18
Member Child $9